This ‘Glastonbury 2015’ article was written by James Brinsford, a GIGsoup contributor
There is always much debate and focus on the headliners at Glastonbury Festival and it seems that this year the bill is crammed with some of the top acts of 2015. If you scratch beneath the surface though and there is a plethora of talent waiting to entertain. Here are ten acts that are worth checking out at Glasto this year.
This punk duo have come smashing their way out of Tunbridge Wells and have proved that a drum and a guitar is all you need to produce catchy, though slightly off-kilter, bluesy-punk with shout-a-long choruses and a side order of danger. If you’re feeling really brave, go and see them on Hell Stage after the witching hour.
This dark psych pop project of LA based Michael Shuman, Zach Dawes and Tyler Pashford has the sprinkling of Queens of the Stone Age if Homme and co. had become an eight-legged groove machine. Well-connected and melodic, Mini Mansions new album ‘The Great Pretenders’ even boasts a guest vocal appearance by Arctic Monkey Alex Turner.
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
If you want to get close to the summer of love and the vibe of Woodstock then look no further than these psychedelic Aussies who definitely boast one of the more outrageous names on the bill. They evoke the sonic explorations of Frank Zappa and should inspire a mass freak-out both on and off the stage.
To counterpoint the wig-out of King Gizzard is the emotionally charged lyrics of Irish singer/songwriter Soak. She was long listed for the BBC Sound of 2015 which was eventually won by Years & Years and with a critically acclaimed debut album glistening in her back pocket, Soak will no doubt add to her plaudits with a much anticipated performance.
It was just after the turn of the Millennium that the Jarman brothers enlisted Johnny Marr and started producing spiky indie-pop. The ex-Smiths guitarist may be long gone and forging his own solo path nowadays leaving The Cribs to be one of the elder statesmen of the current live scene but they’ve a cracking new album and always produce the goods live.
This four piece from Pennsylvania have been kicking up a storm all year with one of 2015’s greatest earworms so far in ‘Peaches’ and have been described as ‘ragged US rock, country-tinged Americana with elements of blues and folk’. A favourite of BBC 6 Music DJ Steve Lamacq, this is one of only three appearances in the UK this year, so catch them while you can.
If you like your wolves to have a an extra bite then this grungy outfit from North London will tick most of your boxes. Led by Ellie Roswell, they veer between folk-tinged guitar musings to full-on, in your face chaotic rock with the likes of Elastica and Hole among the bands that have had an influence on their sound. Tipped to be one of the big breakthrough acts of this year.
Born out of the ashes of punk and with a more tuneful outlook to their sound than the ramshackle DIY noise that inspired them, Buzzcocks are one of our most endearing bands. On the verge of celebrating their 40th anniversary, nothing beats hearing the likes of ‘Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve) from the ones who created it.
K.O.G. and the Zongo Brigade
There are multiple chances to catch the joyous African-inspired pop of the runners-up in Glastonbury Festival’s Emerging Talent Competition and their infectious grooves will have even the most dour-faced up and dancing. The nine-piece are led by Kweku of Ghana (K.O.G.) and they bring everything from reggae and soul to rap and indie-pop, all fused to beats from his native country.
There has been much interest in the electric desert blues of Malian’s Songhoy Blues since they made their UK television debut on Later with Jools Holland. Escaping radical Islamists that overran their region of the country and on reaching the safety of Bamako, they formed a band and not looked back since. Playing with a smile, they will soon draw you in to their Songhoy traditions